With restaurants across the world closed and few options to do something romantic outside this year, Netflix is ââthe only option for many people for a little romance this Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, the streamer has you covered, with a wide range of romance flicks for all types of lovers and all kinds of tolerance for tacky romantic moments.
From original LGBTQ romantic comedies to all-time romantic classics, wellness movies to heartbreaking trials, here are 15 of the best romantic movies streaming now on Netflix US
Bisexuals are more likely to see themselves portrayed onscreen as deceptive murderers (similar to Primary instinct) than as potential romantic partners. As such, Alex Strangelove is a breath of fresh air, the story of a high school student with feelings for both a woman and a comrade who plays as Love, Simon if he hadn’t sanded down some of the sharpest edges in queer arousals.
Always be my maybe
Although crazy rich asians was Hollywood’s first all-Asian big-budget romantic comedy, Always be my maybe is arguably the most enjoyable movie, with winning performances from Ali Wong and Randall Park and Keanu Reeves just being himself.
For those who don’t consider a movie romantic unless they end up making their way through an entire box of tissues, Baby teeth is for you. This Australian crybaby tells the story of a young cancer patient and her relationship with a young offender who might be the best or worst thing that has ever happened to her.
Fionn O’Shea caught the attention of many as Marianne’s controlling boyfriend in Normal people, but his best roles came in two Irish gay romantic comedies. Meeting Amber, which is streaming on Amazon, and Handsome devil see the actor play every part of a conflicting gay young man, but the latter is by far the most romantic.
La La Land
Although La La Land is now perhaps best known as the movie that made and then didn’t beat Moonlight at the Oscars, and for its massive hype and then inevitable backlash, but it deserves a revisit on its own merits. Lush romance, with great songs and a heartbreaking ending.
Speaking of MoonlightThis movie may not seem romantic at all, but that only serves to make the ending all the more beautiful, as two soul mates find themselves in a difficult world.
For romance fans who want to live the cheesy full experience of Valentine’s Day, Notebook is a cubic ton of pure Monterey Jack. The great performances of Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling and acting icon Gena Rowlands (the director’s mother), however, prevent her from making a full fondue.
No ’90s idol (with the possible exception of DiCaprio) can match Hugh Grant, the goofy-haired English charm with soft hair. While he’s since reinvented himself as a serious (and good) actor, Notting hill is Grant at the peak of his powers as a king of romantic comedy alongside their queen, Julia Roberts.
Pride and Prejudice
While this 2005 adaptation of the Jane Austen classic doesn’t have Colin Firth coming out of the lake, it’s still a lush retelling of history – and a reminder of when Mathew Macfadyen was a prominent lothario and not everyone’s favorite buffoon husband.
She must have it
While Spike Lee’s story of a young girl dating multiple men at once and saying she hates love may not sound romantic, the director proves he’s secretly a softie with the lovely black cinematography. and white.
LaKeith Stanfield is perhaps best known for his chilling roles in Get out, uncut gems and the recent Judas and the Black Messiah, corn Someone great proves that he is also a great romantic leader, especially against the charisma of Jane the Virgin ‘s Gina Rodriguez.
To all the boys that I loved before
Not all romantic comedies warrant both a sequel and a trio (well, maybe all romantic comedies on Netflix). But then, not all movies captured people’s hearts like Lara Jean’s romantic adventures.
West Side Story
Romeo and Juliet perhaps the ultimate love story, and for those who wished Shakespeare’s play had more dancing, there is West Side Story, the musical classic soon to be remade by Steven Spielberg.
The Wuthering Heights
Without The Wuthering Heights, romance novels would be very different, without gruff, cranky men in rippling fabrics weaving their way with women in wild landscapes. While Emily Bronte’s book has been turned into movies time and time again, Andrea Arnold’s perspective is perhaps the best of the bunch.
A global crash, your name is the third highest grossing Japanese film of all time, with viewers around the world mesmerized by its romantic new take on the classic body swap comedy.